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El Elotero Who Had His Cart Flipped Got A New Cart And It’s Dope AF

New cart for El Elotero

Posted by Aura Bogado on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thanks to some volunteers, this elotero is better than ever.

Benjamín Ramirez captured everyone’s attention this past July when he shot video of his elote cart being flipped over by an angry pedestrian who was later identified as an Argentine singer named Carlos Hakas. Journalist Aura Bogado of LAist has been following Ramirez’s story, and the latest chapter shows that humans can be capable of incredible levels of compassion and kindness.

According to LAist, Benajmín now has a brand new, custom made elotero cart thanks to the labor of different people in the Los Angeles bicycle-making community. According to LAist, Jay Pee, who works for Los Ryderz bike club, and welder Art Ramirez (who is of no relation to Benjamín), first alerted the community to their intention of creating a custom elotero cart for Benjamín. It wasn’t long until a total of 10 people came together to create a moving work of art. After meeting with Benjamín to find out what he needed in a cart, the crew got to work. Benjamín’s new cart includes both traditional and USB outlets to charge his phone, remote-controlled color LED lights, and a powder coat meant to elongate the life of the cart. The project, according to LAist, took five days and cost $2,500 between parts and labor but it was free for Benjamín.

“I was disgusted by what happened [to Benjamín],” Chad Majer, who works with One Big Club and did the electrical work on the cart, told LAist. “So I asked how I could help.”

Read more about the elotero’s new cart @ LAist.

(H/T: LAist)


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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito And It’s The Sweetest Story On The Internet

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This Fresno Teen Is Using The Internet To Get People To Buy Pan Dulce From This Viejito And It’s The Sweetest Story On The Internet

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We adore young people that honor their elders by showing them love, advocating for their lives, and more importantly helping them with their hustle. That’s exactly what we are seeing out of Fresno today with a young man asking people to support his favorite street vendor and his bread.

Fresno resident Javier Amaro is paying it forward by giving a local Mexican bread vendor a huge shout out.

Credit: Javier Amaro / Facebook

Amaro, a bodybuilding enthusiast, posted on his social media platforms that local residents should purchase Mexican bread from this vendor. Not only does Amaro say they’re delicious but they are incredibly inexpensive.

“FRESNO, CA AREA!! this older man sells really good Mexican bread they are $1 a bag, I purchased $15 to help him, shows me a lot that even if you are older and not that fit or healthy to work, when you enjoy doing something that you love to do, age or time doesn’t matter. PLEASE help him out he is located in 2034 N. ANGUS or give him a call 559-515-1271”

The post, which went live on Facebook on June 4, has been shared thousands of times.

Credit: Javier Amaro / Facebook

Does this vendor know his phone number is floating around the internet? We’re certain his phone is blowing up nonstop. Who can resist $1 pan dulces?

Fans are showing support for the elderly gentlemen and those who have tried his goods are sending their praise.

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“We always brought from him when we lived on Brown Ave., ” Angie G. Aguilar wrote on Facebook. “Sweetest man and his pan is really good! I’ll call him for sure. And share your post.”

@_lizzylizz wrote, “Dude I always use to buy bread off of him really nice sweet guy and the bread is definitely worth it.”

This is not the first time someone has posted a message in order to give their favorite vendor much-needed business.

Credit: @abc12houston / Twitter

Last year, a then 18-year-old  Jacqueline “Jackie” Garza tweeted that her father’s bakery would close due to lack of business. So, she asked people to come and help, and they did. Thanks to her social media outreach, the panaderia was able to stay in business.

READ: Here’s How One Houston Panadería Was Saved Because Of A Teenager’s Tweet

Los Angeles Businesses Will No Longer Be Able To Veto Street Vendors From Setting Up Their Stands On The Sidewalks

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Los Angeles Businesses Will No Longer Be Able To Veto Street Vendors From Setting Up Their Stands On The Sidewalks

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Street vendors are part of city life. They add vibrancy and color to our car infested streets and freeways. We’re so busy driving here and there, that street vendors provide quick and easy ways to pick up flowers, elote, mangoes, or anything really. But with the demand of their goods, comes great risk. They have limited legal protections. We’ve seen street vendors get harassed by people, by cops, and business owners, but that could change in the very near future in Los Angeles.

After five years of fighting  for the rights of street vendors, the L.A. City Council voted yesterday to send a draft proposal to legalize street vending.

“The City Council passed a street vending proposal today (11-4) that does not include the business veto!!! Thank you to all our supporters! Our work continues as we wait for an ordinance to be drafted by the City Attorney!” The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign said on their Facebook page.

While this is a huge victory for street vendors, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.

This proposal is just the first step in trying to legalize street vending and coming to some sort of compromise between business owners and street vendors.

Councilmembers have 60 days to come up with a bill that both street vendor advocates and business owners can agree to.

As of now, if a street vendor is positioned on a sidewalk owned by business they can easily tell them to relocate.

Under the new proposed idea, which is still in the works, the Los Angeles Times says it would mean that “shops would not be able to simply prohibit vending on the adjacent sidewalks, but property owners would be alerted when sidewalk sellers seek permits to do business outside their doors. They would then have a chance to lodge an appeal.”

Legalization would also help street vendors from extortion and possible deportations.

City council chambers packed with street vendors. Some council members want to bring back the "business veto", giving…

Posted by The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“You don’t really know what is going on out there,” Merced Sanchez — a downtown vendor who sells goods including sunglasses and T-shirts — told KPCC. “In the area where I work, they (businesses) extort us. They intimidate us. At any given moment, if we don’t want to pay them, the rent they demand, they call the police.”

In February 2017, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending. That decision spares undocumented merchants from facing possible deportations since street vending is no longer a crime.

READ: El Elotero Who Had His Cart Flipped Got A New Cart And It’s Dope AF

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